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Championship - Saturday 02nd October 2021, 12:30 PM
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Attendance: 18497
Referee: Gavin Ward (Surrey)

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Coventry City (0) 4-1 (1) Fulham

Championship Match Day 11 at The Ricoh Arena

Saturday 2nd October 2021    KO: 12:30

Referee: Gavin Ward (Surrey)

Live on Sky

Match Stats Coventry Fulham
Goals (0) 4 1 (1)
Scorers Gyokeres 47 McFadzean og 18
Godden pen 51 -
Maatsen 61 -
Gyokeres 70 -
Goal attempts 14 12
On target 5 1
Shooting Accuracy 36% 8%
Possession 41% 59%
Passes Success 79% 84%
Corners 7 7
Tackles Success 54% 67%
Saves 1 1
Fouls 11 11
Offsides 1 0
Yellows 1 3
Reds 0 0
source: SkySports
Coventry scored four times in an electrifying 25-minute spell to shock Fulham 4-1 in the Sky Bet Championship.

Fulham shaded a tight first half and took the lead when Kyle McFadzean headed into his own net in the 18th minute.

But the game turned on its head after the break as Coventry launched a stunning comeback.

Viktor Gyokeres equalised after a defensive mix-up in the 47th minute before Matt Godden made it 2-1 from the penalty spot. Ian Maatsen then drilled in a brilliant third and the rout was completed by Gyokeres in the 69th minute as he rolled a shot past Paulo Gazzaniga.

The result lifts Coventry into third in the Championship, level on 22 points with West Brom and Bournemouth, while Fulham slip to fifth.

There was little sign of the drama to come during an evenly-contested first half that Fulham just edged, having taken the lead when McFadzean headed into his own net under pressure from Aleksandar Mitrovic at a corner.

Coventry, who were thrashed 5-0 by Luton in midweek, had few chances of their own until a blistering start to the second half.

Gyokeres levelled following a poor defensive mix-up between Tim Ream and Josh Onomah just outside the box, and Godden then converted a penalty after being tripped by Antonee Robinson, although replays showed there was little contact.

The quickfire double rocked Fulham and they soon fell further behind as Maatsen fired a fine left-footed shot past Gazzaniga from inside the area.

A remarkable comeback was rounded off when Godden swung in a cross from the right touchline that found Gyokeres, who took a touch and slid the ball into the net.

Gazzaniga pulled off a brilliant fingertip save to deny Gyokeres a hat-trick, as Coventry finished on top and went soaring up the table.

Coventry's Mark Robins: "I said believe, just about belief. Knowing they were getting in good positions to stop them, but also having the belief, the vision and ability to do what we want to do, which was move the ball really quickly and shift them.

"We know where they were and where we could exploit and they exploited their positions really well by quick movement, good vision, good execution of passes and a willingness to press and get all over them."

Fulham's Marco Silva: "It's something that I don't like to say but I have to apologise to our fans. The second half was wrong, everything was all wrong from the beginning to the end of the second half.

"Unfortunately the referee did everything wrong as well because it's a clear dive for the penalty, no foul at all, but it is not his fault we lost. After that we had enough time to react, to do different things, but we have to react in a different way."

Both teams return to action on Saturday, October 16, following the conclusion of the international break. At 12.30pm, Fulham host QPR in a west London derby at Craven Cottage - live on Sky Sports Football - while at 3pm, Coventry travel to Ewood Park to face Blackburn.

Coventry City: Moore, Hyam, Clarke-Salter, McFadzean, Maatsen, Sheaf, Kelly, Dabo, Gyokeres (Walker 90), O'Hare, Godden

Unused substitutes: Allen, Jones, Shipley, Wilson, Rose, Kane,

Gyokeres, 47 (Ream slips slightly as he gathers the ball outside the box and runs into Onomah, with both standing there over the ball before O'Hare gets in and wins it. O'Hare gets the loose ball and plays across the middle for Gyokeres to roll into the net.)

Godden pen 51(Cool as you like from Godden as he rolls into the bottom corner, with the goalkeeper going the other way. Robinson sticks out a leg and trips Godden. Not too much contact - perhaps even none at all judging by the replay - but the referee points to the spot.)

Maatsen 61 (What a hit from Maatsen. The ball comes out to him on the left side of the box, he takes a touch and then drills a left-footed shot across goal that Gazzaniga has no chance of saving.)

Gyokeres 70 (Coventry have a fourth goal in the space of 25 minutes. Godden delivers a superb cross from the right touchline that picks out Gyokeres in the box. He takes a touch under pressure and manages to slide a shot beyond the goalkeeper.)

Booked: Maatsen (63,f),

Fulham: Gazzaniga, Robinson, Mawson, Ream, Odoi, Wilson, De Cordova-Reid (Muniz 68), Onomah (Seri 56), Kebano (Cavaleiro 68), Reed, Mitrovic

Unused substitutes: Bryan, Adarabioyo, Domingos Quina, Rodak,

McFadzean og 18 (Fulham make the breakthrough from a corner. It's curled in from the left and McFadzean, under strong pressure from Mitrovic, heads right into the bottom corner of his own goal. McFadzean couldn't have directed it better if it was at the other end, but it's Fulham who are celebrating.)

Booked: Mitrovic (66,dis), Odoi (69,f), Robinson (85,f)

Referee: Gavin Ward (Surrey)

Attendance: 18497

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